$300 million for council's farms

The 25 farms of Van Diemen's Land Company in Tasmania were put on the market in early October.

New Plymouth ratepayers' cash cow has been sold for more than $300 million.

No animals in rivers: report

All cattle, deer and pigs should be kept out of rivers, lakes and wetlands, says the Land and Water Forum in its latest report.

Land and Water Forum presses to exclude livestock on plains and lowland hills from waterways.

Wetlands are winners

Kaiwaiwai farmers Neville Fisher and Aidan Bichan, with Ian Gunn from the Greater Wellington Regional Council, and the constructed wetland.

Wetlands are making a comeback in the Wairarapa

High rainfall effluent breaches

Most of Taranaki has already received 150 per cent of it's annual rainfall.

Taranaki farmers are failing to comply with effluent disposal conditions after heavier than usual rainfall.

Farmers pitch in together 

Culverden sharemilker Matt Hamilton has used the DairyNZ Dairy Connect service twice to pick the brains of experienced farmers.

Picking the brains of older hands is helping dairy farmers during tough times.

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Hook catchment farm environment plan template approved

Environment Canterbury has announced its approval of a farm environment plan template for the Hook catchment.

Environment Canterbury approves a farm environment plan template for the Hook catchment.

Lifting our game

DairyNZ's strategy and investment leader Mark Paine says working together to lift the dairy industry's game as farm employers is vital.

Dairy disruption and volatility here to stay

Waikato shows the way to restore a river’s health


Barrie shows sportsmanship

Cameron Barrie with his good sportsmanship award he won at the tractor pull at the Fieldays.

Cameron Barrie rewarded for showing the right attitude during the tractor pull at this year's Fieldays.

Top fencer 'chuffed' with win

It was seventh time lucky for a chuffed Tim Stafford at the recent National Fencing Championships.

"Men to shed their Southern Man Image" is the theme to the  debate run as a Fundraiser for SBHS Old Boys Assn & SBH Charitable Trust.Three of the Debaters are(l-r)Mike Fallow, Gerry Forde & Tim Shadbolt

Southern man hunt on again

Do you have what it takes to be The Southern Man?


Farmers unconvinced about water quality decline

Water ecologist Dr Mike Joy says there is undeniable evidence water quality is getting worse.

A quarter of Canterbury dairy farmers agree that water quality is declining, despite evidence to the contrary.

Fonterra turns off China milk taps

6:30 AM  Fonterra puts brakes on loss-making China dairy farms.

Matamata couple, Lin and Greg Miller are opening their home to other dairy farmers who can't afford a holiday.

Matamata couple open home to struggling farmers

Te Poi farmers, Lin and Greg Miller, want to give their fellow farmers a positive message through their actions.


Hook catchment farm environment plan template approved

Environment Canterbury has announced its approval of a farm environment plan template for the Hook catchment.

Environment Canterbury approves a farm environment plan template for the Hook catchment.

Baring your soul to discussion groups can pay off

The good thing about discussion groups is that you will get many varied opinions.

Hayden Kerr says the variety of daily tasks on the farm means he never gets bored.

Dairy's stepping stones to wealth

6:30 AM  A career in the dairy industry ticks many boxes, from lifestyle to offering a highly motivating pathway to achievable goals, Hayden Kerr advises school-leavers.


'Confrontational' letter seeking government support criticised

Closer relationships needed with central government to care for the Sounds, says Marlborough Sounds Integrated Management Trust chairman Eric Jorgensen.

Marlborough Sounds stakeholders seek government support to protect marine environment

Spat farmers seek plan change

A group of marine farmers in Wainui Bay want to ensure spat catching can continue beyond 2024.

Aquaculture manager John Hollows, who has established populations of endangered freshwater crayfish in 11 forests in Otago and Southland owned by Ernslaw One.

Crayfish flourish among the pines

6:30 AM  A slump in log prices led a forestry company to look for alternative income. It came up with crayfish, reports Rob Tipa.


New heifer competition at next year's Beef Expo

Last year's Champion of Champions at Beef Expo was a hereford bull which sold for $40,000. Okahu Sonny Bill was born 24/08/12, weighed 900kgs owned and was led by Kelly O'Neill.

For the first time there will be a heifer show and sale at Beef Expo.

Stay with your grazier, dairy farmers told

Dairy farmers are better off staying with their grazier when it comes to rearing heifers, according to DairyNZ.

Demonstration farmers Steve and Sandra Parrott have helped progress knowledge about facial eczema in bulls.

It's official: facial eczema affects beef cattle

6:30 AM  A beef cattle facial eczema study on a Waikato west coast farm produces as many questions as answers. Andrea Fox reports.


Limited impact of stronger dollar on wool sale

Weather-interrupted shearing has led to next week's North Island wool sale being cancelled.

Higher dollar has mixed impact on wool sale.

Schools put pets through their paces

6:30 AM  Outlying Canterbury primary schools were given the opportunity at the Synlait Boys and Girls Agricultural Club Championship Day to compete in livestock judging, similar to what they would experience at an A&P Show.

Dylan Bibby keeps a close eye on  the ewes and lambs.

Kelso sheep tick all the right boxes

6:30 AM  THE future of wool has captured the imagination of 11-year old Dylan Bibby – so much that he has learnt to spin and knit his own items.


Hort win tastes sweet for wine man

Caleb Dennis won more than $14000 in prizes as well as this a cast glass sculpture by artist Evelyn Dunstan as Young Horticulturalist of the Year.

Caleb Dennis winner of the national Viticulturist of the Year is now the new Young Horticulturist of the Year.

Rural areas on 'powder keg'

Farmers are warned the fire risk in rural areas remains high.

Blueberry harvest is on target at WindSong Organic Orchard in Marlborugh.

Fruit picking delayed

But fruit fans will not miss out on Marlborough stone fruit at Christmas.


Venison decision pending - SFF

Venison prices have been pegged back by the pesky euro.

Speculation about the future of Silver Fern Farms' venison processing in the Central South Island is premature, the co-operative says.

Farmers' clean-river work recognised

A WEST Otago community group has won the river story section of the Morgan Foundation's New Zealand River Awards. 

Cows move onto the milking platform at Fonterra's Tangshan farm in Hebei.

Fonterra turns off China milk taps

6:30 AM  Fonterra puts brakes on loss-making China dairy farms.


Fewer false TB positives

Professor Bryce Buddle takes a skin test on a cow.

A new test for bovine TB developed by AgResearch is attracting international attention.

Herb-clover grows lambs faster

Specialised herb-clover mixes may be the answer to improving both reproductive performance of sheep, and lamb finishing weights.

Lincoln University greenhouse research into the use of sewage and dairy effluent to grow native plants.

$200m gain forecast from biowaste

New research suggests the use of sewage and dairy shed effluent on pine plantations can generate big economic returns.

rural women

More women entering agribusiness

16012015 News Photo: Sam Scannell/Fairfax NZ. North Taranaki farmer Amanda Jordan has taken on the role of chairing TBfree Taranaki after her dairy herd was infected with bovine tuberculosis.

More than half the students on an agribusiness management diploma at Aoraki Polytechnic are women.

Young rural lady of the Hakataramea

City singer Bex Murray has taken to farming life

"What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered."

Mouth-watering weeds to dine on

A block of weeds can be a weed patch or a "veritable salad bowl'.


Daycare for dogs takes off at airport site

This is not your normal dog daycare centre, the owner of a new training and rehab centre in Christchurch says

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